Rays Draft Thomas Milone, Kean Wong, and Johnny Field | The Process Report

Rays Draft Thomas Milone, Kean Wong, and Johnny Field

The Rays selected prep outfielder Thomas Milone with the 97th pick in the 2013 MLB draft.

Milone is a long ways away. The University of Connecticut commitment faced uneven competition in the northeast and split time between baseball and football. He’s a good athlete but there are some obvious tweaks the developmental staff will need to make to his hitting mechanics. In addition to a B.J. Upton-esque toe tap slash foot twist, Milone’s swing mechanics feature a dropped back shoulder and a hitch in his swing. Factor in the adjustment Milone will need to make against better pitching and he may need more time on the farm than the typical high-school player.

Even so, Milone’s worth waiting on. As Nick J. Faleris explained, “His overall feel for the game lags behind the top talents in the class, but he held his own at the Area Code Games and East Coast Pro last summer, and figures to get early-round consideration due to his potential to provide above-average power and solid defense up the middle.”

With pick 128 the Rays drafted Kean Wong, a prep infielder from Hawaii.

Wong’s older brother is site favorite and Cardinals prospect Kolten Wong. Like his sibling, Kean Wong features a short, compact swing from the left side that he uses to spray line drives. He’s not much of a runner and his future defensive home is unclear, though this spring he played third base and caught. If Wong winds up at the keystone like his brother, then he’ll join a special club with Thomas Coyle, another diminutive second-base prospect in the organization with a more famous older brother.

At pick 157 the Rays took collegiate second baseman slash outfielder Johnny Field.

Field attended the University of Arizona, where he played ball alongside Joey Rickard, the Rays’ ninth-round pick last year. (The two also attended Bishop Gorman High School, which produced another Rays player in Jeff Malm.) MLB.com‘s report on Field says, “At the plate, he has a very good feel for hitting and uses the whole field well. He has also shown decent power at Arizona and it could be average down the line.”

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